Pune FC are keen to the Nepal international on their roster for the upcoming season but not at the expense of Arata Izumi…
Pune FC have invited Nepal’s Bharat Khawas for a trial in the first week of August as they are look to add a striker in the Asian player slot available.
Khawas, who had scored against Pakistan at the SAFF Championships in Delhi last year, is a versatile player who can play upfront or also fit in the attacking midfielder’s role with ease.
The Nepal U-22 skipper was also on target recently in the AFC U-22 Championship Qualifiers against Bangladesh last month.
"I will go to Pune within a week,” Khawas told GoalNepal.com.
Pune FC head of operations, Chirag Tanna confirmed the above and said, "Yes we have invited Khawas for a trial. We will look at him and we will definitely accquire him if he impresses".
The Red Lizards announced their squad for the 2012-13 season but strangely enough, without offering an explanation, didn’t name Arata Izumi among those who have been retained or even released per say.
It is reliably learnt that the Japanese with an Indian origin has been training regularly with the rest of the squad and isn’t looking for a move away from Pune FC.
The attacking midfielder had earlier told Goal.com of his desire to give up on the Japanese passport and apply for an Indian one to achieve his dream to don the national colours in future.
Arata has a deadline until the end of August to get an Indian passport whereby he will be registered as an Indian player for the Pune-based outfit.
It will be interesting to see what Pune FC do, in case Arata fails to get an Indian passport given that they are inviting players like Khawas for trials.